There are a few nut trees/bushes that do well in our climate. These include black walnuts, hazelnuts, oaks, and yellowhorns.
Black Walnuts: Black walnut trees are hardy in zones 3-8. They are slow growing. The nuts are hard to crack, but they are high in proteins and delicious to munch on. It may take up to 20 years before they start producing nuts. They are valued both for their nuts and for their timber. Black walnuts produce a toxin in the soil that prevents many other trees from growing by them. Do your research before planting a black walnut.
Bur Oak: Bur Oaks are great trees for the Uintah Basin. They tolerate a wide range of soil types, air pollution, and they are a xeriscape plant. They are slow to mature but they can live well over 200 years. They produce a small acorn. The acorns, when prepared correctly, may be edible. It is hardy in zones 3-8.
Hazelnuts: The American Hazelnut produces a small 1/2 inch edible nut. The bush itself is also attractive. The bush grows 6-8 feet high and 6-8 feet wide. It has multi-season value with its spring catkins, summer green color, and fall yellow-red color. Great for use as a large shrub or in natural woodland like settings. Hazelnuts are hardy in zones 4-8.
Yellowhorn: (Xanthoceras sorbifoloium): This is a small native chinese nut tree that has very fancy leaves and incredible spring flowers. The tree tolerates our alkaline soil and is hardy to zone 4.
Disclaimer: This is a listing of varieties that have performed well in the area. This listing does not guarantee that the varieties are in stock. Please call to inquire if an item is in stock or not.